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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2000, 06:45 PM
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What # is Quality? \'88 Windshield washer Q

I decided to vent *before* I started this message.

My '88 fullsize Bronco is really p!ssing me off! The windshield washer sprayer has stopped working. Before, it used to work on and off. The weirdest thing is, it would stop working, I'd drive over some major bumps or grooves in the road, the truck would bounce all over hell and most of the time, the washer would magically work again. Then, more bumps (usually) and it'd stop. More bumps, work. Yet more bumps, not work. Strange!

Today I took the system apart, (when it was working), flushed the hose, cleaned the nozzle, checked the connections as best I could, and then, nothing. I tried the bump test and still nothing.

WHAT could be wrong? Any advice is most appreciated. I tried to take off the reservoir cap to check for crap in there, but it's a sealed unit. Doh, Ford! Could it be the pump in reservoir? A bad connection? The switch inside the cabin? I don't know what to do and I need the damn thing for the winter! The truck is basically undriveable until I get this thing fixed as after a few minutes on the road I can no longer see through the windshield.

Anyone have this problem before? Again, any advice is appreciated. I don't want to take it to Ford and have them give me the big Q at $75/hour.

Thanks all!


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2000, 08:09 PM
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Re: What # is Quality? \'88 Windshield washer Q

Could be bad connection or, as I've experienced with my starter and t-case motor, a motor stuck in a funny spot on the commutators. Try turning them on then tapping the motor (on the firewall) with a screwdriver or something. If that makes them work then I'd say take the motor apart and clean the contacts or replace it.

It's a Jeep thing? My Bronco thing will run over your little Jeep thing.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-27-2000, 01:02 PM
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Re: What # is Quality? \'88 Windshield washer Q

The intermittant nature of your problem indicates that it may be a wiring connection that has gotten dirty and fails in some positions, or a broken or nearly broken wire or connector. All the wiring and connectors to the pump are exposed on my Bronco and it should be easy to trouble shoot. Disconnect the wiper motor connector to troubleshoot with out wipers working. It could be the wiper switch. This failed on mine, always quitting during a downpour, and after some wiggling, working again. A new switch fixed it.

The washer pump and such should be easy to replace.

Be glad its not a Windstar with this problem, like mine, with the resevoir hidden inside the front fender...

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-27-2000, 10:38 PM
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Re: What # is Quality? \'88 Windshield washer Q

Thanks guys. I went looking for a bad connection and guess what I found... a bad connection. Seems the two wires that go into the reservoir were not making contact. I took it to the local Ford dealership to get the part and a tech fixed it for free!!! He added some new wire to the existing wire, saudered them together, capped the link with some waterproof stuff, and put the new wires in the reservoir with some kinda plastic cap to make them hold. Works good as new. He said he sees this once in a while as the connection gets washer fluid and antifreeze spilled on it when filling the reservoirs, and over time rusts out.

I'm very impressed Ford fixed it for nothing (took the guy about 20 minutes). Thanks again for the assistance. I do appreciate it!


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